It's not often that Cleveland is blessed with a concert appearance by any one of the many great rock and roll bands on the Detroit-based Small Stone Records label. (We're not counting Cleveland's own Red Giant - besides, even those rock dudes need to play more Clevo shows!)
Saturday night, prepare yourself for a brutal rock and roll doubleshot featuring Cleveland's own (and ATV favorites) The Suede Brothers, who will take a break from recording their upcoming third album to play a show opening for The Brought Low, who are SXSW-bound and playing a short set of dates on their way to the Small Stone showcase in Austin, TX. (Dates include stops in Cleveland, Columbus, Chicago, St. Louis, Austin (duh!) and Richmond!)
I caught my first show from The Brought Low completely by accident a few years ago at the Hi-Fi Club. They were in town opening a Small Stone related bill that featured Five Horse Johnson and/or The PB Army, and while I came out to see those bands, it was The Brought Low that savagely ripped every inch of my face off (it sounds painful, but it really wasn't) and forced me towards the merch stand where I immediately bought both of their albums. As a Small Stone connoisseur, how had I missed The Brought Low?
A couple of weeks after that show, I was going through the CD stacks in my music room, looking for an album, and came across a dusty, still-sealed copy of one of the two albums that I'd bought that night. It turns out that The Brought Low had been sitting in my music collection for a couple of years without me even knowing it. Oops.
Good rock and roll sometimes comes at a price, and on Saturday night, you'll have to drive to Painesville for the privilege of seeing one of the best rock shows you'll see this year. Fresh from opening for Them Crooked Vultures in NYC, The Brought Low will be playing tunes from their new album, creatively titled, Third Record, an album that my comrade D.X. Ferris compares to a "collection of Tom Petty B-sides," and believe me, that's no slam. Third Record finally captures the energy of The Brought Low's live show, something which I found to be missing from their previous albums - they've done damn good things with this new album, and I can't wait to see some of these tunes live.
The Suede Brothers have been playing material from their upcoming album during recent shows as well, so if you've missed out, Saturday night would be an excellent chance for you to catch up. Friends don't let friends miss The Suede Brothers.
How to get there - a handy step-by-step guide:
1. On Saturday night, point your GPS toward Nemeth's Lounge in Painesville, located at 40 North State Street.
2. Keep your ears open for the healing sounds of lowdown and dirty sludgy guitars, and you'll know that you've reached your destination.
3. Enjoy, dammit!
I realized that he was letting me know that I should pick this week's show of the week.
Radio 92.3 has put together a very cool show happening on Saturday evening at 6pm, featuring a boatload of Cleveland's most talented bands and artists, all united to help raise money for Haiti relief. A minimum donation of $5 will get you in the door to see SEVEN great bands. Of course, if you can spare more than $5, it will be very much appreciated.
Feast your eyes on the lineup:
All of the money raised from this event will go to the Red Cross, and all ages are welcome. The event will be held at the Saddle Ridge in Parma, located at 5100 Pearl Road.
Click here for directions and more information about the show.
Speaking of the Suede Brothers, they've got quite a bit going on at the moment - they're currently in the studio working on a new album AND they're also about to release a live album recorded at the Beachland Ballroom. I've heard tracks from that live disc, and let me assure you that you will not want to miss it - it's a rocker!
Mark it down on your list of new music to acquire, and in the meantime, make your plans to join me on Saturday evening for a good evening of rock and roll, Cleveland style!
Let me be the first to wish you a happy new year.
OK, by the time you read this, you'll probably have been the recipient of such a greeting already (if not 50 times already), but know that I really mean it when I say it. I mean, this isn't like one of those "How are you?" questions where the person asking really could care less about the answer. No. I really do wish you a happy new year. I mean, no skin off my back, right? Happiness isn't a zero-sum game. You and I both can be happy, without cost to the other. So, I'll say it again, with all sincerity: Happy New Year.
Saturday night is full of opportunity for Cleveland music fans to see a lot of great live music - but isn't it always? The Beachland Ballroom offers one-stop shopping for music geeks to take in a boatload of kick ass rock bands - all in the same building! We've already discussed International Pop Overthrow - which will be happening in the Tavern portion of the Beachland complex.
Meanwhile, over in the Ballroom - hellfire, damnation, and a whole lotta guitar solos will be unleashed courtesy of a triple bill that is nearly guaranteed to borrow 2.68 % of your hearing - permanently.
Dateline: Saturday morning at 7am.
I'm at the Rock Hall waiting in line to buy tickets for this year's induction ceremony happening in Cleveland. For the first time ever, tickets are being sold to the public. Brian and I are determined to not be the suckers sitting at home watching it on TV while it's happening in our own backyard.
Somehow I got suckered into being the one to go buy the tickets, which means I was the one waking up early on Saturday morning. I don't need to tell you how much that sucked. Secretly, I know this is payback for Brian driving to and from Virgin Festival the past two years while I sat reverse shotgun in the backseat. With the 2009 edition of Virgin Festival on the way, it seemed like a good idea to get on Brian's good side.
If I could go into the wayback machine, I'd travel back to last year to see the induction of Mellencamp and Madonna. 2007 would have been cool too with R.E.M., Van Halen, and Grandmaster-frikkin-Flash. But since we're talking 2009, I can tell you that I'm stoked to see Jeff Beck, Run DMC, and I'm also thinking that the prospects of Jason Newsted onstage again with Metallica are irresistible.
And that brings us to Saturday night, and the first can't-miss show of 2009. Austin rockers The Sword took time out from their ongoing schedule of tour dates opening for Metallica to play some headlining dates including a sold out pair of shows in Columbus and Cleveland. Saturday night's Cleveland bill was fully loaded with rock brutality courtesy of two opening sets from The Doctor Teeeth, and The Suede Brothers.
Music fans got the memo early on about The Sword and have paid close attention to their touring and recording activities over the past couple of years. The packed house at showtime indicates that Cleveland music fans were very aware that the opening double shot of The Doctor Teeeth and The Suede Brothers was one not to miss. And both bands rewarded fans with their standard top shelf performance with The Suede Bros devoting most of their set to new material from their forthcoming disc that is due any day now (read: not soon enough!)
By the time The Sword hit the stage, the normally excellent sound at the Grog had taken an unfortunate turn for the worse - almost as if the band had brought a special 1976 quadraphonic sound system along for the occasion. I'll be honest - my buddy Pat and I ducked out after a few tunes and took hold of the opportunity to call it an early night. Er, that is if you consider 1am early.
I've got good news for those of you that missed The Sword - here's another rock show that you can put on your calendar of things to look forward to: The Suede Brothers will be hitting the road in March for a week's worth of shows with Fu Manchu - including a Cleveland St. Patrick's Day gig (that's March 17th, for you rookies) at the Agora.
Mark that one down, alright?
The Sword - Freya